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When Hasslefree Miniaturs released their rather fabulous 40mm Artemis figure, I immediately had to get one. I put her together, and it's sat on my desk, unpainted, for about a year. Recently I went back, and saw they had done another 40mm miniature, Tiriel. So I got that one too.
Well, I decided Artemis had been sat on my desk for far too long, and it was time to paint both of them together. Now, the last time I painted anything was about five years ago, and I only painted it because I had to (I entered a GW tournament with my Eldar). Back then I had no clue about how to paint properly, and didn't really make a very good job of it. No layering, blending was something I thought you did with whisks in the kitchen, and a simple wash was about the limit of my ability.
Now, it's time to learn how to paint properly.
Here are Artemis (left) and Tiriel (right) in their raw resin form. (Rivendell Elves visible in the background.)
First thing, is to undercoat them. I'm using white, because I intend both of them to be quite pale in the end. This is them undercoated. It's not a very thorough undercoat, it's just a base to make the paint stick. Already I've made a mistake though - I forgot to clean Artemis first. She's been sat on my desk for so long and has accumulated rather a lot of dust and cobwebs. Oh dear... I cleaned her up as best I could, I know there's still some dodgy bits on this photo. You can also still see water drops from the wash.
First thing to do, is the skin. Check back tomorrow or Friday when both should have progressed!
By the way, Hasslefree Miniatures have the best customer service ever. You get candy in the parcel! And the package was a week or two late in arriving, so they gave me an extra model for free. Awesome!
Here are some unfinished skin tones.
I started with Vallejo Bronze Fleshtone, and did a couple of coats of that to get a nice even colour (in theory, anyway). Then I greatly watered down some GW Flesh Wash, and glazed that all over, in three coats. Finally I re-highlighted in Bronze Fleshtone. I'm actually quite impressed how good they look... maybe I can paint after all. Still to do are further highlights with Vallejo Elf Fleshtone, plus all the facial details of course.
In other news, I found a nice NMM tutorial for when I do the swords.
The Artemis model really is an exceptionally brilliant piece of sculpting. You're going to have to do your "best ever" painting with her, to attain the quality she deserves (especially with some of the versions you can find on CMON).
Oh, and Tiriel is nice too
I shall be following this one intently.
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